'''Mind control''' (also known as '''brainwashing''', '''reeducation''', '''brainsweeping''', '''coercive persuasion''', '''thought control''', or '''thought reform''') is a theory that human subjects can be indoctrinated in a way that causes "an impairment of autonomy, an inability to think independently, and a disruption of beliefs and affiliations. In this context, brainwashing refers to the involuntary reeducation of basic beliefs and values".
[Kowal, D. M. (2000). Brainwashing. In A. E. LOVE (Ed.) , Encyclopedia of psychology, vol. 1 (pp. 463-464). American Psychological Association. ]
Theories of brainwashing and of mind control were originally developed to explain how totalitarian
regimes appeared to systematically indoctrinate prisoners of war
techniques. These theories were later expanded and modified by psychologists including Margaret Singer
and Philip Zimbardo
to explain a wider...